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"Midway in life's journey, I found myself in a dark wood, having lost the way". The Comedy of Dante Alighieri

Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life:
How to Finally, Really Grow Up

Joseph Mallord William Turner
A mountain scene, Val d'Aosta

James Hollis, PhD

This course meets the qualifications for 7 hours of continuing education


We are pleased and honored to offer a compelling course by James Hollis, PhD , a renowned lecturer, writer and Jungian Analyst.

Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up

The second half of life presents a rich possibility for spiritual enlargement, for we are never going to have greater powers of choice, never have more lessons of history from which to learn, and never possess more emotional resilience, more insight into what works for us and what does not, or a deeper, sometimes more desperate, conviction of the importance of getting our life back.

What does it really mean to be a grown up in today’s world?

We generally recognize only three developmental periods of life—childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. We assume that once we "get it together" with the right job, marry the right person, have children, and buy a home, all is settled and well. But adulthood itself presents varying levels of growth, and is rarely the respite of stability we expected. Turbulent emotional shifts can take place anywhere between the age of thirty-five and seventy when we question the choices we’ve made, realize our limitations, and feel stuck—commonly known as the "midlife crisis." In Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life, Jungian analyst James Hollis explores the ways we can grow and evolve to fully become ourselves when the traditional roles of adulthood aren’t quite working for us.

Revealing a new way of uncovering and embracing our authentic selves, Hollis offers wisdom to anyone facing a career that no longer seems fulfilling, a long-term relationship that has shifted, or family transitions that raise issues of aging and mortality. Through case studies and provocative observations, Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life provides a reassuring message and a crucial bridge across this critical passage of adult development. (courtesy: Amazon.com)

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Learning Objectives

Students will:

1. Learn the differing therapeutic agendas for first and second half of life treatment.
2. Discern typical symptomatology associated with crises of meaning.
3. Find therapeutic value of intra-psychic depression.
4. Integrate spirituality issues into the conduct of therapy.
5. Identify the growth tasks found in the context of psychopathology.


This course consists of a post-test based upon reading the text. There is no online material to read. After you pass the post-test, you may print out your own certificate.



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Your life is addressing these questions to you:

What has brought you to this place in your journey, this moment in your life?
What gods, what forces, what family, what social environment, has framed your reality, perhaps supported, perhaps constricted it?
Whose life have you been living?
Why, even when things are going well, do things not feel quite right?
Why does so much seem a disappointment, a betrayal, a bankruptcy of expectations?
Why do you believe that you have to hide so much, from others, from yourself?
Why does life seem a script written elsewhere, and you barely consulted, if at all?
Why have you come to this book, or why has it come to you, now?
Why does the idea of your soul trouble you, and feel familiar as a long lost companion?
Is the life you are living too small for the soul’s desire?
Why is now the time, if ever it is to happen, for you to answer the summons of the soul, the invitation to the second, larger life?

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To receive credit students must

# Hardcover: 288 pages
# Publisher: Gotham (May 5, 2005)
# Language: English
# ISBN: 1592401201
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  • Pass the post-test
  • Upon passing the test, print your own certificate of completion.



Editorial Reviews
From Publishers Weekly
The midlife crisis is familiar enough, but as in previous works, Hollis (The Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning at Midlife), brings a Jungian perspective to it that goes deeper than the idea of finding mere self-fulfillment. That feeling that you've been living the wrong life, that you're lost and confused, is "an insurgency of the soul," he says poetically, which "overthrows the conscious conduct of our lives." This mental suffering presents an opportunity to embark on a journey transcending expectations foisted on us by others, such as parents, and to find true self-knowledge. Hollis offers not a simple how-to on facing this crisis, but rather a deep Jungian exploration of individuation, the process of becoming the person one was meant to be. Sprinkling his discussion with references to prose, drama, poetry and popular culture as well as examples from patient histories, Hollis recommends working toward a mature spirituality by being true to personal experience and embracing the mystery of life. This spirituality is a reconnection to the voice of the soul, dramatized by images that appear to us in dreams. Hollis is humane and compassionate regarding the human condition, and his focus on the underlying meaning of life will resonate for many... (courtesy: Amazon.com)



James Hollis, Ph.D., was born in Springfield, Illinois. He graduated with an A.B. from Manchester College in 1962 and with a Ph.D. from Drew University in 1967. He taught the Humanities 26 years in various colleges and universities before retraining as a Jungian analyst at the Jung Institute of Zurich, Switzerland (1977-82). He is a licensed Jungian analyst in private practice in Houston, Texas, where he is also Executive Director of the Jung Educational Center of Houston. He lives with his wife Jill, an artist and therapist, and together they have four adult children. He is a Senior Training Analyst for the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, was the first Director of Training of the Philadelphia Jung Institute, and is vice-president of the Philemon Foundation, which is dedicated to the publication of the complete works of Jung.

Dr. Hollis has a Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the C. G. jung Institute in Zurich. He is the acclaimed best-selling author of "The Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other," "Creating a Life; Finding Your Individual Path," "Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning in Midlife," "Swamplands of the Soul: New Life in Dismal Places," "Under Saturn's Shadow: The Wounding and Healing of Men," "Tracking the Gods: The Place of Myth in Modern Life," "The Archetypal Imagination," and "On This Journey We Call Our Life; Living the Questions." He lives and practices in Houston, where he is a Senior Training Analyst of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, and the Director of the C. G. Jung Educational Center.

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Other courses by James Hollis, PhD

Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life

Swamplands of the Soul

The Eden Project

The Middle Passage


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